27 October - World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

    Theme - Your Window to the World.

24 - 30 October - Disarmament Week 2021.

26 October - 01 November - Vigilance Awareness Week 2021

    Theme - Independent India @75: Self Reliance with Integrity.

India's first state-owned wildlife DNA testing facility was unveiled in Nagpur.

  • India's first state-owned wildlife DNA analysis laboratory has been inaugurated at the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL) in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
  • At present there are two wildlife DNA laboratories owned by the Central Government. These are located in Dehradun and Hyderabad.
  • The new facility will enable authorities in Maharashtra to quickly obtain DNA reports of animals affected by threats such as human-wildlife conflict or poaching, which until now, were sent to laboratories in Hyderabad or Dehradun for testing and authorities had to wait for months to get the report.

India-UK conducts the first tri-services exercise "Konkan Shakti 2021".

  • The Armed Forces of India and the United Kingdom (UK) are undertaking the sea phase of the first tri-services exercise Konkan Shakti 2021 off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea from October 24 to 27, 2021.
  • The seven-day exercise was held in Mumbai from October 21 to 23, 2021.
  • The Konkan Shakti 2021 exercise aims to further strengthen the cooperation between the two countries.

India’s largest green hydrogen plant to be built by GAIL.

  • State-owned GAIL (India) Ltd will build India's largest green hydrogen generating plant as it seeks to supplement its natural gas business with carbon-free fuel.
  • GAIL Chairman and Managing Director Manoj Jain said the company is looking at manufacturing a 10 megawatt (MW) electrolyser capable of generating 4.5 tonnes of green hydrogen per day.
  • The firm has already floated a global tender to buy the electrolyzer and is expecting deliveries in 12-14 months.
  • This will be twice the size announced by the state power producer NTPC.

A book titled "Kamala Harris: Phenomenal Woman" by Chidananda Rajaghatta.

  • Noted journalist and author Chidananda Rajaghatta has authored a new book titled Kamala Harris: Phenomenal Woman, a biography of Kamala Harris, the 1st woman Vice President of the United States of America (USA).
  • The book depicts the events in the life of Kamala Harris, a woman of mixed race (India and Jamaica).
  • She has become the 1st Indian-origin, 1st woman to become the Vice President of the United States.

AU Small Finance Bank launches QR Code Sound Box.

  • AU Small Finance Bank has announced the launch of a QR code sound box to provide instant voice-based payment alerts to merchant partners.
  • This is a 1st of its kind product launched by a bank.
  • QR Code Sound Box is a small and portable speaker with a dedicated SIM slot for data connectivity to deliver voice notifications.

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